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7 Millionaires Emerge In MTN App Developer Competition

MTN Nigeria, last weekend, created seven millionaires at the end of the second phase of its App developer campaign which first flagged off in July. Following the completion of the Challenge, MTN, Friday, presented prizes to the winners in all the categories at its headquarters in Lagos.

After considering originality of concept, relevance of concept to the market, apps with the best user experience as well as its commercial viability, the contest judges voted an app by one Okechukwu Ofili which was tagged Okada Booksas Best Overall App.

This means that Mr. Ofili left the venue with a Hyundai IX35 SUV and a cheque of N1 million. These were in addition to a Samsung Galaxy S4 mobile phone and six months’ promotion on the MTN NextApps store.

Ofili’s Okada Books provides a fast, simple and fun way to read books without ever leaving the couch. It provides access to past JAMB and WAEC questions and thus turns the phone into a powerful educational resource tool.

However, there were six other winners that emerged from other categories who also received N1 million and a Samsung Galaxy S4 mobile phone as well as six months’ promotion on the MTN NextApps store.

They included Henri Good Nnochiri whose App, OnPoint, emerged the Best Education App at the competition. The app is mainly a GPA calculator and timetable. There was also the Best Entertainment & Lifestyle App, Afro Talez, developed by Elizabeth Kperrun. This app, presents traditional African Folktales in a fun, entertaining and interactive way for kids.

The Best Gaming App, was Danfo ReloadedII by Bayo Puddicombe. It is a representation of the thrills of driving on the average Nigerian road.

The Best Health & Wellness App, was Certified Drugscreated by Ilyas Muyiwa. The app provides an up to date database of pharmaceuticals and allied products approved for use in Nigeria. The Best Productivity App, was Track My Cashby Sunday Akinsete. This is a personal cash manager that helps to track how your money is being expended.

There was also the Special Category which is the Best Student App (Undergraduate) won by Kayode Sowole, who developed the Wazobia Biblethat allows people to read the bible in Pidgin and other translations.

Speaking at the closing ceremony of the initiative, the Chief Marketing Officer of MTN Nigeria, Larry Annetts, said that the MTN App Developer Challenge was a demonstration of MTN’s commitment to delivering a bold new digital world to esteemed customers as well as promote the growth and use of locally relevant content, to develop the Nigerian app ecosystem.

The panel of Judges for the challenge included serial entrepreneur, Chika Nwobi; Customer Relations Executive, MTN Nigeria, Akinwunmi Braithwaite; Business Development Director at Intel, Stanley Muoneke and Business Manager, Nokia Live and Country Lead, Mobile Monday Nigeria, Emmanuel Oluwatosin.

Source - Vanguard

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